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as the pope makes a move unseen in 600 years. good afternoon. i'm tori campbell pope benedict xvi sent shock waves around the globe this morning. he announced he's going to resign at the end of the month, right in the middle of the holy see son the lent. ktvu's alex savidge -- season of lent. ktvu's alex savidge has more with this means to the catholics in the bay area. >> reporter: well, good afternoon. pope benedict xvi decided to step down, he said, because he just doesn't have the mental and physical strength to lead the catholic church at 85 years of age. parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco, certainly caught offguard. many respect the decision. some believe he should have waited until after the easter holiday. the first pope to voluntarily resign in more than 700 years. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning from the vatican. it came as a surprise even to his closest advisers. >> absolutely shocked. >> reporter: this was the reaction from the communications director at san francisco's catholic diocese. he says this -- he says this is a wise
. the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. pope benedict says he's stepping down because of his age and diminishing strength. tara moriarty joins us now from san francisco with more on this mornings stunning announcement. tara. >> reporter: the vatican confirming the pope will resign february 28th. we are here at st. mary's cathedral. it's right across the street from the arch diocese. we should mention pope benedict is the first to step down in nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old announced his decision in latin this morning during a meeting of vatican cardinals. he emphasized carrying out the duties of pope the leader of a billion roman catholics requires stamina. something he is running out of. after repeatedly examing my congress before god i came to my strength and age are no longer suited for the ministry. he went on to say that strength of mind and body are necessary. strength with which in the last few months has deteriorated me to the extent i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. the last pope to resign was gregory in 1415 he did
's consumer credit card. >>> the final public cheers for the now former pope. as of one hour ago pope benedict xvi officially retired. >> this was a historic moment for the first pope to step down in 600 years. he said good-bye this morning our time. the bells were ringing this evening as the pope left. he was driven to a helicopter that would take him away to a temporary residence. as the pope walked to the helicopter, he waved and then shortly thereafter sent his last message on twitter. it read, thank you for your love and support. may you always experience the joy that comes from putting christ at the center of your lives. >>> the pope will now live at the retreat. before going inside to officially resign he spoke to a crowd that were on hand to see him say good-bye. >> i'm happy and give thanks for your friendship and affection. >> the 85-year-old leader says he's stepping down because he no longer has the stamina or hell toth continue. he says he's pledging unconditional obedience to the new pope whenever he is elected. the vatican seems to be aiming for the conclave of cardinals will el
. >>> pope benedict xvi delivers his final sunday blessing. what he had to say to thousands at st. peter square. >>> an historic day at the daytona 500. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> and hello, everyone. i'm heather holmes. dozens of people are figuring out their next steps tonight after a fast-moving fire tore through their apartment building in san francisco. kara is live at the scene and tells us it was police officers who first spotted the smoke. >> reporter: that's right. the officers were headed to another call when they saw smoke coming from this apartment building. just a few hours ago, this entire intersection was shut down. right now you can see a red cross truck parked out front. volunteers are helping those displaced by the fire. some 40 people were forced to evacuate the five--story apartment building just before noon. >> cops screaming and banging on doors. we told them we were coming, and they're saying, no, now, now, now! we're trying to throw on clothes. i'm still scared. >> re
them as a group for the last time. at 8:00 this morning, pacific time, pope benedict xvi will get on a helicopter. he will fly to a retreat outside of rome. that's where he will officially resign later today. brian flow remembers joining us live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco where a special mass will be held to thank benedict for his life of service. brian? >> reporter: hi, dave. yeah, a special mass indeed, good morning to you. several bay area catholics will be taking part in the thanksgiving masses this morning starting in about an hour here. we're live at st. mary's where one of the services will be held. it's unknown how many catholics will be attending. but the service is expected to give thanks to pope benedict's eight years as pope and pray for his help. the pope says he will offer unconditional reverence and obedience of his successor. cardinals are planning to meet next week to discuss a conclave to take place. there are many questions remaining on who the candidates are. for many catholics in the bay area, they have ideas who they would like to see as the nex
the church. pope benedict emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope the leader of more than a billion roman catholics requires strength which he simply doesn't have anymore. after having repeatedly examed my conscious before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise. pope benedict the 265th pope was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into the hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but was desserted. he led the church since 2005 through a time that has seen him criticized for the handling of the parishioners of church. this really sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of march. coming up we will tell you why some people could perhaps see this resignation coming. we are live in san francisco i'm tara moriarty ktvu channel 2 news. >>> time is 5:02. over night news a crash in concord leaves one man with life threatening injuries. police say he was walking across clayton road at about 6:15 last night. investigators say the 52-year- old man was not in the
daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
. >>> continuing our coverage of the pope's resignation, less than a week before pope benedict xvi steps down, the italian media is publishing controversial reports about new secrets within the church. as molly line reports, today, the vatican blasted back at the reports. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi, praying with cardinals on the last day of lenten religious services. but outside the spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice, that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope, alleging a series of scandals involving sex, money and power, even suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. there's speculation in the italian media the
's exciting finish came one day after a frightening cash. >>> pope benedict xvi has given his final blessing before he steps down on thursday. about 100,000 people were in st. peters square. he told the crowd he would take up a life of prayer and meditation and he's not abandoning the church. pope benedict will be the first in 600 years to step down. the st. mary's monosenior also dismissed recent reports about sex scandals. some say the pope is leaving to distance himself from gay priests at the vatican that are being blackmailed. the vatican says the allegations are completely false. >>> more information on the oscar pistorius shooting. a spokeswoman for pistorius says he is in pitoria. he met with correctional officers under the bail terms in his murder case. he is staying at ancona can -- at an uncle's house. he is charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this month. >>> investigators are stepping up their search for a suspect in a las vegas shooting. they identified mr harris as a suspect in a gunfight that killed three people. incollideing wrapper ken -- rapper kenny clutch. he file
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
. pope benedict xvi will continue to wear white and when he steps counsel be the first to do so in hundreds of years. >>> they are due to vote in moving ahead with the confirmation of senator chuck hagel. after stalling the nomination for 12 days, late last night they said they would stop delaying the vote. if he is elected, he will replace leon panetta just days before massive cuts are due to hit the pentagon. >>> the building is at peer 27 and it will be the america's cup headquarters starting next month. this $90 million project will include arrays village, -- a race village and a place to dock all starting next year and ribbon cutting is set for early this morning. >> there are problems with the commute you should be aware of. and also the motorcycle crash is causing a big backup? >>> they are showing us a huge backup which has resulted in the two lanes being closed for a while and southbound is backed up out of hayward, the accident was near stevenson and the traffic is slow so if you are driving into the area you need to give yourself extra time and just getting onto the f
this morning, pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since announcing he's resigning as head of the catholic church. [ cheers ] >> now, the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed capitol celebrate ash wednesday at the vatican. he told the congregation he's stepping down for the good of the church. he cited his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent. the catholic church plans to have a new hope in place by easter, the end of lent. >>> well, back here at home, san francisco is selling the naming rights to port properties. it's a fund-raising pitch to help pay for the yacht race. they may be able to sponsor some of the san francisco port properties in order to cover their costs. the city, by the way, is on the hook for as much as $32 million. >>> 7:38. the bay bridge toll authority could approve funding today for a big celebration for the opening of the new eastern span of the new bay bridge. the plan calls for a one-way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there's also talk of a half marathon, fireworks and even a concert. the party would cost $5.
suffered a cracked bone in his back. >>> new revelations this morning about the health of pope benedict xvi. the vatican says the pope hit his head during a trip to mexico last march. however, the vatican denies that that accident had any relevant role in his decision to resign. yesterday, the pope took part in ash wednesday services. it was his first public appearances since the resignation announcement. on tuesday, the pope disclosed that he had a pacemaker and that the batteries had been replaced. >>> 8:02. happening now, president obama is heading to georgia to rally support for his early childhood education proposal that he unveiled in his state of the union address. this is new video of president obama boarding air force one just about one hour ago. today, the president will focus on his plans to make preschool available to more american children in programs such as headstart. after he return -- after he returns to the white house, he will take part in a fireside hangout with google plus to talk about his state of the union address. people around the country can submit question the vi
: the vatican is on the defense this morning. it denies claim from italian media that pope benedict decided to resign after getting a report from cardinals in december outlining corruption and homosexuality in the vatican. >> the pope's resignation takes effect on thursday. at a vatican news conference, we deseed that he started to move up the process of -- dear decided to move up the -- decided to move up the process of electing a new pope. the vatican today denied claims the pope is resigning under these claims. >> i don't worry they are being taken in by it. >> three cardinals authored the pope. the pope read this report in december and considered releasing it to other cardinals but instead the word is from the vatican he's putting it back in the papal abeat its waking the next pope's review. keith o'brien from scotland is being forced into early resignation. all of this is happening as california's 11 million catholics observe lent. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> peninsula state assemblyman jerry hill is calling for an audit of the state public utilities com
, connecticut. >>> the vatican is acknowledging for the first time that pope benedict xvi has had a pacemaker for several years. this revelation came a short time ago, one day after the pope stunned the world's 1 billion plus catholics by announcing he's resigning. the 85-year-old pope cited his age and fatigue as the reasons he's stepping down. sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning to resign. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place by easter, march 31st. the vatican says the pope will have no role in what could be an historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected catholic room in asia, africa and latin america. the new pope could come from a country as far away as europe. >> up to this point, popes have been always european. but the church as a whole and the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from ghana, nigeria and canada are on the top list. timothy dolan is expected the top american to become the top pope. richard mahoney will help elect the new pope. the archdiocese
select a replacement for pope benedict xvi earlier than initially thought. the 85-year-old pope announced that he will step down at the end of the month. the vatican is now raising the possibility that cardinals from across the world could gather before march 15 for an election known as a conclave. under current rule, that is the earliest date they could meet. because there is a required 15 to 20-day waiting period after a vacancy. that wait is so that the catholic church can mourn the death of the pope but in this case there is no mourning because the pope is stepping down. >>> a minor cooldown is in store for your sturld. giving you a live look at the bay bridge and into san francisco. a few changes associated with that cooldown. they can already be seen outside. we've got high clouds overhead. a few low clouds. and a little bit of patchy fog out there. and this is going to increase as we work our way into sunday. for today, outside our doors right now, most of us are dealing with the high clouds. the high clouds actually help to offset some of that cooling in the overnight hours. and m
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